Harrison Ranch in Parrish FL – Close to Tampa and Ellenton Outlet Mall with low HOA fees

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Come and discover Harrison Ranch in Parrish Florida. Have you ever heard about Parrish in Florida? Most likely not, right? Well,  Parrish is a quiet town just 25 minutes south of Tampa where we invite you to discover the welcoming neighborhood of “Harrison Ranch”. The neighborhood is ideally located between Tampa/St.Petersburg metropolitan area and the Gulf communities of Sarasota and Bradenton. Have a closer look. It is really worth it! Residents of the Harrison Ranch community enjoy a relaxed lifestyle  with everything they had wished for: a heated junior Olympic size […]

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Sarasota National – A brand new gated Golf Course community in Venice – Live the good life

Post updated December 2018 Listen up house hunters! There is something in the air in Venice – and you should not miss out on it. “Sarasota National” is the name of a new WCI community about 20 miles south of downtown Sarasota. You should keep an eye on that brand new development – it’s worth it! Location! Location! From Sarasota International, which is part of the West Villages, it is only a stone’s throw away from “The Island of Venice” and the historic downtown area where you can browse boutiques […]

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Nokomis, Florida, a town with this special “Old Florida” feeling – choose your lifestyle!

Nokomis in Florida, a hidden gem, is a quaint waterfront community bordered by the beautiful cities of Venice to the south and Sarasota to the north. The area is known for its miles of beaches, great shopping, superb waterfront restaurants and all the amenities for today’s lifestyles.  Are you an outdoor enthusiast?   You just found the right spot. There are plenty of green golf courses, tennis courts, and waterways to boat, canoe or kayak.  How about biking & walking?  The new Legacy Trail is a walking and biking path trough lush […]

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Active Adult or 55 plus communities in Venice and Sarasota, Florida

55+ or Active Adult Communities Post updated August 2019 55+ communities are now called “Active Adult Communities.” That sounds so much better and doesn’t look so “ooold.” What a relief. The homeowners in such communities now feel a lot younger although the threshold of 55+ remained the same. What happened? Find Homes in 55 plus and active adult communities What is a 55 or active adult community? As the name suggests, no folks younger than 55 years of age can live in a 55 Plus community. Although, this statement is […]

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Where is the next “Albert Einstein” coming from?

You have probably never heard the name “Osprey,” Florida, right? Yes, of course, it is the name of a bird, you’re right, but it is also the name of a community in Sarasota County. Why is this even worth mentioning, you may ask? Well, this is the place where  “Pine View School” is located, and  this particular school has just been rated “#1 School in Florida” and  “#6 in the nation.” This may be good news for you if you ever wanted to enjoy the year-round beautiful weather in the Sunshine State without “leaving your kids behind.” Send your kids to Pine View and let them build a solid foundation for their future careers. We don’t know if they will be as famous as the developer of the general theory of relativity one day, but what the heck, why don’t you give it a try? By the way, Osprey is only a stone’s throw away from the best beach in the US….the #1 rated Siesta Key Beach…… Sigh! Another #1 rating…… However, if you are looking for a home within a short distance to  “Pine View School” you will find some really nice neighborhoods in that area. Woodlands at Rivendell is a community with newer homes, like Park Trace and Willowbend. Do you like boating?  Southbay Yacht & Racquet Club might be your choice. They have a harbor where you can park your little 50′ cruiser. For those of you looking for […]

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Blackburn Estates on the Bay a hidden Treasure in Nokomis Florida – Homes for Sale

It’s time to move to Florida! If you prefer mega communities with 2,000+ homes, this is not for you. However, if you like small and cozy communities with a personal touch to it, you should continue reading.  There is a hidden gem called “Blackburn Estates on the Bay” – a rare find in Nokomis, Florida. An exquisite gated community of only 26 homes on estate sized lots.  A new waterfront community right on the Intracoastal Waterway, conveniently located, just minutes away from the beaches, shopping and all amenities Sarasota and Venice […]

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I can’t believe it – there are communities in Sarasota and Venice with low Homeowners Association Fees!

Updated October 2019 The startling truth about the cost of living in Sarasota is………that it is “challenging” in some places – money-wise. If money didn’t matter, there’d be plenty of fabulous places to spend the retirement or to raise your kids. A penthouse on Longboat Key, overlooking the beautiful Gulf of Mexico, or a 4,000 sq ft Pool-Home in the Oaks Club, with golf course view, would be perfect. Perhaps a beautiful property in one of Sarasota’s most beautiful Ranch Communities would be your dream? Bring your animals and have fun in the sun. You will all love it! Unfortunately, for many , money does somehow matter. You may be able to buy a great home at a rock-bottom price, but when the monthly Homeowners Association bill hits your mailbox, your face may turn a whiter shade of pale. Paying the price for the home is one thing, coming up with the monthly expenses for the years to come can become a real task …..and it can put a noticeable dent in your retirement funds. You know already, there is not too much you can do about taxes and insurance. Only the assessed value determines the amount of your property tax. If you want to pay fewer taxes, you can just buy a cheaper property, or you can try to bribe the county property appraiser? Shopping around for homeowners insurance may save a few dollars more. Comparing different companies and different policies can […]

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The risk of remodeling your home in Venice Florida without a proper permit

Some people always  need to learn it the hard way …and one of our sellers recently did so too. This blog is about permits, cutting corners and (not) saving money. Although, you can save a lot of money when you are handy and know how to swing a hammer, when it comes to “major home modifications” you need to think twice what you are doing. If you don’t ever want to sell your home, or if you are sure that you will never have an insurance claim, you may get along with your “none permitted” roof replacement (unless a “nice” neighbor turns you in – what exactly happened to one of our sellers). Be aware that most cities and counties require that homeowners obtain a permit before carrying out major modifications, and they are enforcing the permit laws vigilantly. Ignorance of the law is no protection against punishment! What is a major modification? This is a question the building department can answer best, or you can find the exact information on the building department’s web site. Here are a few major modifications for Sarasota County: Roof replacement, A/C replacement, replacement of doors and windows, installation of hurricane shutters, major plumbing … the list goes on and on and is not complete, but it might give you an idea. At this point, you may ask yourself what a homeowner actually can do without a permit. The answer is: Not a lot – it basically […]

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Inexpensive Living near the Beach in Venice FL

Inexpensive Living near the beach

There is no questions about it that many people are dreaming of living in a warmer climate with easy access to the beach.  Some will also think that they have to give up culture and a diverse lifestyle for living near the beach. Here in the Venice & Sarasota area on the West coast of Florida, you can have it all. Ventura Village is a gated community with newer resale homes as well as new home construction within 2 miles from the beach and boat launch.  For your convenience, shopping, dining […]

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